Yeringberg 2018

Yarra Valley pioneers, the de Pury family are renowned for wines of finesse and elegance that epitomise the finest the region can produce. JAMES HALLIDAY

There’s something timeless about Yeringberg, and it’s not just the sign on the discreet gate at the start of the long winding driveway, nor the National Trust-classified timber 19th-century winery. It’s the owners – the de Pury family – and their unhurried attitude. HUON HOOKE

Elegance is the keyword: the wines are medium bodied at best and moderate in alcohol. Fine boned, subtle, well-balanced, very drinkable wines are the end result. And the better vintages age beautifully for at least 25 years. DECANTER

Yeringberg is an estate that will need little introduction to our wine buyers, particularly those who have been with us for some time. Suffice to say this humble, near 160 year old,Yarra Valley estate holds a very special place in Australia’s vinous history. There will be many buyers out there who will have been collecting and drinking these wines for decades.

However, history is a funny thing when to comes to wine, it doesn’t always guarantee that what ends up in the bottle will be any good. In Yeringberg’s case though, I can assure the wines have never been better. It’s really a joy to see that a winery with such a deep history can still incrementally get better each and every vintage. It is a testament to the de Purys’ dogged focus that they continued to draw out more magic from what are some of the most historic vineyards in the country and continue to attract new diehard fans, as well as please the legions of stalwart Yeringberg devotees.

As for the wines themselves, the collection is one which takes you back to the 19th century with some of the finest wines made from white Rhone varietals anywhere in the country. These were the wines that Yeringberg built their reputation on back at the very beginning. Many Australian winemakers have tried and failed when trying to tame the notoriously fickle Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne, but at Yeringberg one might argue they are the unsung stars of the estate. Textural, nuanced and focused wines of immense character and charm.

These are joined by the one-two Yarra Valley punch of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and a standout silky, perfumed Shiraz. All of which echo the trademark refinement and class for which Yeringberg has become known. There are no second string wines at Yeringberg.

Lastly, we come to the estate’s modern day flagship, a thrilling Bordeaux blend simply labelled ‘Cabernets’. While the Yarra has sometimes played third wheel to Margaret River and Coonawarra when it comes to Cabernet, when they are at their best, like this wine, they look like they are effortless front runners. This wine is a high benchmark in the Yarra and one of the finest in its class in the country.

So history aside, how are Yeringberg’s wines shaping up from the 2018 vintage? Well it looks like the slightly warmer conditions have played right into the hands of this storied estate. As James Halliday has commented on the wines at Yeringberg; ‘In the riper years, the red wines have a velvety generosity of flavour which is rarely encountered, yet never lose varietal character, while the Yeringberg whites take students of history back to Yeringberg’s fame in the 19th century.’ This quality and character has been echoed in reviews for the wines as well and it looks like this will be a vintage that collectors will scramble for.